The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle
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An ALA Notable Book for Children 2001

Robert meets his cousin, Elliot, when he moves from Ohio with his mother and sister to live out the war with his grandparents in Rhode Island. Elliot can draw better than anyone, but he keeps his talent hidden. It's 1942, and Nazi submarines are torpedoing U.S. ships off the coast. When two tremendous guns are trundled to nearby Fort Brooks, Elliot is frightened by the sight -- until he gets it down on paper. Also watching is another artist, a famous one, from Germany. A recluse, Abel Hoffman becomes Elliot's teacher and friend -- until local suspicions lead to his arrest . . .

 

About Janet Taylor Lisle

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Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by "School Library Journal" "Sirens and Spies", "The Lampfish of Twill", "Forest", "A Message from the Match Girl" (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and "Afternoon of the Elves", a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is "The Art of Keeping Cool", a "Horn Book" Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island.
 
Published May 1, 2002 by Perfection Learning. 250 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The second begins with a family dinner where Grandfather controls his family through barely contained rage.

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After narrator Robert's father enlists as a pilot, Robert, his mother and younger sister move in with Robert's paternal grandparents in a small town on the coast of Rhode Island.

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PW said, "This wrenching WWII novel traces the relationship between two 13-year-old American boys and a German-born Expressionist painter reputed to be a spy.

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